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Boys' Junior Championship

Sawgrass Country Club - Ponte Vedra Beach

July 10-12, 2012

Lebioda & Zhang Prevail at the 58th Boys' Junior

Two great champions crowned at Sawgrass Country Club & TPC Sawgrass

Hank Lebioda captures the 58th Florida State Boys' Junior Championship as Andy Zhang claimed the junior division title at Sawgrass Country Club and TPC Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, on July 10-12.

In the 16-18 age division, Hank Lebioda, of Winter Springs, posted a tournament total of six-under par 210, to win the 2012 Boys’ Junior Championship by four strokes. After a first round of three-under par 69 on the Dye’s Valley course at TPC Sawgrass, Lebioda would trail by two strokes heading into the second round of play. Lebioda continued his solid play in the second round firing a one-under par 71 at Sawgrass Country Club, to find himself only one stroke behind the 36-hole leader Jalen Ledger. In the final round Lebioda stumbled out of the gate carding a double bogey on the par 4 second hole, but rebounded nicely with birdies on 4, 7, and 8 to turn at one-under par 35 and take a two stroke lead into the back nine. “My game plan was to play my own game out there and try to simplify my thinking. Making double bogey on the second hole really made me refocus” said Lebioda. He would birdie 11 and 16 to go along with bogeys on 14 and 17 to stand on the 18th tee with a three stroke lead. Lebioda hit his approach shot to the middle of the green on the 18th and drained the birdie putt to cap off his final round of two-under 70. Lebioda joins the short list of players to capture the Boys’ Junior twice in his career. “This victory was more nerve racking than the first one, and it mean a lot more to me at this point in my career” said Lebioda.  Lebioda will also be attending Florida State University in the fall on a golf scholarship. Ryan Stovash, of Orlando, finished alone in second place after rounds of 67-76-71, for a tournament total of two-under par 214. Jalen Ledger, of Palm Beach Gardens, and Harrison Winger, of Orlando, finished tied for third place with a tournament total of even par 216. The Defending Champion, Hunter O’Mahony, of Tequesta, finished tied for 10th after rounds of 73-75-73.

In the 13-15 age division, Andy Zhang, of Reunion, continued his solid play in the final round posting a two-under 70 to win by three shots. After a first round of two-under par 70 at Sawgrass Country Club, Zhang would hold a share of the lead heading into the second round of play. In the second round, Zhang continued where he left off posting another round of two-under par 70 on the Dye’s Valley course at TPC Sawgrass, to take a two stroke lead into the final round. Zhang got off to a flawless start in the final round posting a two-under par 34 on the front nine with birdies on 7 and 8 with no bogeys. ” My plan today was to focus and hit fairways and greens and not get into too much trouble” said Zhang. After making birdies on 13 and 14, Zhang would make birdie on number 16 and par the 17th hole to take a two stroke lead into the final hole of the tournament. After laying up to 90 yards, Zhang hit his approach shot to one foot to finish off the Championship with a birdie to post a tournament total of six-under par 210. This victory caps off Zhang’s incredible summer. Earlier in the summer Zhang became the youngest player in the 112 year history of the U.S Open to qualify for the Championship. Zhang said “Playing in the U.S. Open really helped me relax out there. This is the biggest victory of my career, and it feels awesome”. Jack Comstock, of Jacksonville, finished alone in second place with rounds of 71-71-71 for a tournament total of three-under par 213. Gabriel Lench, of Lake Mary, finished in third place with a final round of three-under par 69 for a tournament total of one-over par 217.

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Tee Information


Yardage / Info

16-18 Sawgrass CC

6,964 yds.

16-18 TPC Dye's Valley

6,835 yds.

13-15 Sawgrass CC

6,696 yds.

13-15 TPC Dye's Valley

6,505 yds.

Par: 72

Weather Information




Sunny and Warm, PM Breeze

94 °F

Tournament Results

PosPosition Name Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 TotalTotal Score Points
1 Andy Zhang 70 70 70 210 5000
2 Jack Comstock 71 71 71 213 3500
3 Gabriel Lench 76 72 69 217 2500
4 Jacob Kline 73 72 73 218 2000
T5 Kevin Slayden Jr 75 68 77 220 1625
T5 Philip Knowles 80 70 70 220 1625
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Tournament Results


Entries close Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The 58th Boys' Junior Championship will head to Ponte Vedra Beach with Sawgrass Country Club and TPCSawgrass playing host. Sawgrass Country Club is a course rich in tradition ever since it was the original host of the PGA Tour's Player Championship from 1977-81. Carefully nurtured Tifeagle greens reward the skillful putter who has successfully negotiated over or around the picturesque lakes and bunkers that beautify the course.

Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass has had its share of legends competing on its fairways. The golf course has hosted prestigious events like the Senior Players Championship, the NFL Golf Classic, and the final stage of Senior Qualifying School. Boasting perfectly manicured surfaces and water on every hole, Dye's Valley was ranked No. 24 in Golfweek's 2011 rankings of Best Courses You Can Play in Florida.


  • Open to male amateur golfers ages 13-18 as of July 12, 2012.
  • Entrant must not have reached their 19th birthday by July 13, 2012 and not attending college if graduated from high school.
  • Players must be (1) a resident of Florida (reside in Florida at least 4 months per year or have otherwise established legal residency); or (2) a dependent of a military personnel or a military personnel based in Florida on active duty.

Championship Field Size

168 players

Handicap Limit

Must have a handicap no higher than 17.4.


Regular (16-18) as of July 12, 2012 and Junior (13-15) as of July 12, 2012. All players will compete in the age division  commensurate with their age as of the last day of the Championship. No players are allowed to play out of their age division.

Entry Fee

$20 ($30 - players who do not have an active FSGA/GHIN Handicap). Those individuals who advance to the Championship through qualifying must pre-register and remit an additional $120 Championship Fee either at the FSGA website or by check to the FSGA office. Payment must be received by Monday, July 2, 2012 by 3:30 pm, or the individual will be withdrawn from the Championship.

Exempt Player's Fee

$130 ($140 - players who do not have an active FSGA/GHIN Handicap).

Exempt Fee includes Championship Fee and Entry Fee for those individuals eligible for exemption. (See below)

Championship Format

  • Fifty-Four holes of individual stroke play.
  • All players play eighteen holes each at Sawgrass Country Club and TPC Sawgrass (Dye's Valley) on Tuesday, July 10th and Wednesday, July 11th. 
  • After thirty-six holes, the field will be cut to the low 40% of each field plus ties.
  • The final eighteen holes will be played at Sawgrass Country Club. The lowest score for 54 holes will be the Champion.
  • If necessary, there will be a hole by hole play-off to determine the Champion. It is the player's responsibility to be present for any play-off.

Local Qualifying

18 holes stroke play at 6 local qualifying sites.  All players must walk during qualifying rounds.  Players are not allowed to employ a caddie.  Players are only allowed to attempt to qualify at one qualifying site per year.

Qualifying Sites - Click HERE.

Defending Champions

Hunter O'Mahony, of Tequesta, posted rounds of 73-69-70--212 to win the boys 16-18 age division as Sam Horsfield, from Davenport, carded a 65-66-70--201 for the 13-15 age division title at Quail Valley Golf Club and Bent Pine Golf Club in Vero Beach.

Practice Round and Practice Facility  Information

Practice rounds are available one week prior to the Championship on a space available basis at either golf course.  Practice rounds are restricted to after 12:00 PM on weekends and holidays. The price for a practice round is $30.00 + tax.  Please call (904) 273-3720 to arrange your practice round at Sawgrass Country Club and (904) 273-3430 for TPC Sawgrass. The proper place to practice your golf swing is on the driving range, hitting multiple shots on the course is unacceptable.

You may not make your practice round tee time before groupings are made.    


Players in the following categories will be eligible for exemption provided they meet all entry, age and eligibility requirements.

  • Previous Boys Junior Champions (either age division)
  • Top 10 & tied from last year's Boys Junior Championship 16-18 age division
  • Top 5 & tied from last year's Boys Junior Championship 13-15 age division
  • Last year's Boy's Junior Match Play Champions (Championship brackets only)
  • Top 3 & tied from last year's FHSAA Class 1A Golf Finals
  • Top 3 & tied from last year's FHSAA Class 2A Golf Finals
  • Florida Junior Tour Boys Winners (either age division) since the last Boys' Junior Championship as of the close of entries
  • Top 15 & tied (16-18) and top 10 & tied (13-15) from the current year's FJT Points List as of the close of entries
  • Top 15 & tied (16-18) and top 10 & tied (13-15) from last year's final FJT Points List
  • Top 15 & tied (16-18) and top 10 & tied (13-15) from last Fall's final FJT Points List
  • Players qualifying for any one of last year's USGA National Championships
  • Players making the cut at last year's Amateur Championship

Championship Pace of Play

Click here to read the Championship Pace of Play Policy (timing checkpoints at holes 9 and 18).

Hard Card; Local Rules and Conditions of Competitions

Click here to read the Hard Card and additional Conditions of Competitions.

Championship Policies

Click here to read the withdrawal, dress code, caddie and spectator and other policies.

Alternate Procedures

Click here for information on how alternates may gain entry into either qualifying for the Championship or into the Championship proper.

Spectators and Caddies

Spectators are always welcome at FSGA Championships. Spectators are allowed to ride and the cost of a spectator cart is $25 plus tax.  Players are not allowed to employ a caddie. Spectator carts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and the number of carts allowed per group may be limited. Click here for spectator policies.

Conditions; Schedules

The FSGA Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee reserves the right to alter any of the conditions, provisions and/or schedules.  The decision of the Championships Committee/on-site Rules Committee in any matter will be final.


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Method of Payments

Sawgrass Country Club will accept Visa/Mastercard and American Express for payment, NO CASH. TPC Sawgrass will accept cash, Visa/MasterCard, and American Express for payment.

Directions to Golf Clubs

Sawgrass Country Club - Click here
(904) 273-3720

TPC Sawgrass - Click here
(904) 273-3430